Category Archives: Around Montevideo

Who is Uruguay explores living here and getting to know the places and attractions as well as a permanent lifestyle for living in Uruguay. Living in Montevideo is a cultural experience and Around Montevideo explores the city and it’s amenities. Wheather you are showing guests around or going around Montevideo to get to know it yourself, there are many excellent attractions!

Feria Tristán Narvaja – 30 Block Market

On our way to find the perfect antique dish set to fill out our Feria Address: Dr Tristán Narvaja, Montevideo 11200, Uruguaycupboard and allow for the inevitable entertaining evening or weekend without hunting around for plates, we kept getingAddress: Dr Tristán Narvaja, Montevideo 11200, Uruguaysidetracked by every conceivable temptation known to man, woman or child.

The bunnies and puppies and feather dusters and leather belts. The vibrant plants and heaped vegetables and sausage stands.  The metal fasteners arranged in intricate patterns on blankets.  The books, the elderly typewriters, the earings with semiprecious stones, the 70 year old irons that work perfectly, the wine glasses.

And the beef skewers and tidbits from Bambu restaurant in their market booth, almost too good to keep going!  But keep going we did, recording here and there a moment of the autumn weather, bright and cool, and the lively feria which is the breath of Montevideo on Sunday morning.

Convention says watch your bags and especially your wallet as you make your way thorugh; friends have experienced purse snatchings amidst the bustle of the hawkers and the market stalls.  Bring small change and your friends, and don’t make any appointments for later in the day as you will inevitably be there twice as long as you planned!

 

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Magda in Montevideo

Like Alice in Wonderland, Magda often felt things were getting “curiosier and curioser”.  Arriving in Uruguay last March to execute MagdaCafeContentoon a degree in Cultural Management from Foundacion Itau, she started out the new adventure with lots of energy and excitement.

After a year in the program and living in the city, Magda is going back to Austria this week.  She’ll be back in 2016 to perform an ambitious project with her working group from school, and the excitement still exists, but tempered now with the knowledge of just how different and often mind bending the Uruguayan culture can be.

With other students, she arranged several spontanious art “happenings” around the city, and never lost an opportunity to see do and participate in the plentiful cultural and art events taking place in Montevideo all the time.  Says she, “I’ll be back.”project feetcasamadreselva enRivera CerroChato

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Korean Restaurant, Montevideo

EdyKHatEdy Kizaki lives and works in Montevideo and is busy making Uruguay her beloved home after moving from the US last April with her family.

frontIn Montevideo there are many excellent restaurants and a wonderful variety of good food, especially offering asado and grilled meats or Italian food.  Although they exist, Asian restaurants are harder to find.  One of the best so far is the  Restaurante Coreano, Myeong Ga, which is just off Plaza Independencia.  The food is great,

Owners Moon Jeong and Cho greet diners.
Owners Moon Jeong and Cho greet diners.

as good as any I had in Korea during my three trips, or the excellent Korean food I became used to in Seattle.

streetLocated at Ciudadela 1367 a block north of Plaza Independencia, the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and until 11 p.m. (from 1 p.m. on Sunday by the way).

Lovers of spicy Korean food will not be disappointed, but you can also request a mildly spiced dish, and there are dumplings and other chinese style choices as well as the traditional barbecue meat, hotpots, and rice bowls.  The small dishes and rice that round out the meal are delicately flavored and excellent.

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Kim Chee Hot Pot is wonderful

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Carnaval In Uruguay

SteveAnthonyby Steve Anthony, resident and student of all things Montevideo, who arrived in June of 2014 and plans to stay quite a while.  He writes of the monuments everywhere in Montevideo

 

“Murga doesn’t represent the masses, they are the masses.” Yamando Cardazo, Director Agarrente, Catalina

 

I want to learn Spanish.   I’m living in a Spanish-speaking country, obviously.  But at this time, the time of Carnaval, I am inspired to learn Spanish so that next year when I attend Carnaval, I will understand the finer points of language use employed by the worker artists of Montevideo.

Not every participant is from Montevideo proper, but the majority are.  There are several ways a performance artist might participate.  There are murgas, parodistas, revistas, comparsas, who compete for prize money.  I have much to learn and the process is quite enjoyable, a labor of love.

Probably like a lot of people, when I heard about Carnaval, I thought “Party” “Revelry”, some noisy drunks and nearly naked women.

Well, I now see carnaval as an alternate Universe. Carnaval is 2 parts performance, 6 parts training and working as a group, 2 parts family support and love (editor’s note: that’s 10 parts)

Love could be a jumping off point so we’ll touch on that.  I want to focus on my favorite, the murgas.  To be a murga, you need a strong and trained voice, a mime or dancer’s sense of movement, a sense of comedy, a high level of presentation.  Acting most murgas are men, murga13 singers, 1 director and a symbol – a snare drum and a large base drum in the Candombe style.  The director often has a guitar that is used sparingly.  A lot of the presentations are acapella singing. They provide social communication in the songs.  A typical presentation may poke fun at the government, the legalization of mariuana, dogs and their owners, or the prisoners in Guantanamo.

They sing harmonies that pierce the night air as one powerful voice fills the space in us.

I Mentioned love as being an important element in all this the actors singers  and dancers must love it they spend a lot of their spare time planning guiding building costumes and sets training voice and body

During 8 to 10 months of preparation for roughly one month of performance love is the main element ultimately the exchange between audience and performers reach a crescendo toward the end of the time limit which is imposed as part of the competition

As the singers are preparing to leave the crowd is on its feet performers and audiences are overcome with what I can only describe as love inspiration in appreciation for each other and appreciation for each other the audience is their loved ones family and friends the Mergus exit still singing and dancing into the crowd kisses hugs tears of joy and relief that come from just doing it make it make up smudged from face to face until at last the group handles in tight circles singing a last celebratory song of the elaborate heard dresses as the elaborate head dresses I thrown into the air if you can resist all this and not be swept up in pure joy of life you need a pulse check.

Protests for Missing 43

In Montevideo, members of the group “Uruguay por Ayotzinapa” (Uruguay in Support of the Missing 43) work to raise awareness of the evil that has taken place and is still in process by corrupt Mexican authorities who condoned the murder of the 43 Mexican Student Teachers.

Five months after the slaughter of Iguala, parents and bluegroupfellow students are still waiting for certain knowledge of the fate of the 43 missing native student teachers.  Mexico and the world are waiting too. This being the ninth event held by the Uruguay Ayotzinapa  group, which convened kidsFebruary 26, 2015, at the Plaza Libertad to focus awareness and stand in solidarity with the victims and their families against State Terrorism in Mexico. Because the “historical truth” is written by the people, it is not decreed by government resolution.

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Photos courtesy of Uruguay Ayotzinapa.

Rebel Arte posts photos and information of the latest gathering.

 

 

 

Monuments to Eternity

SteveAnthonyby Steve Anthony, resident and student of all things Montevideo, who arrived in June of 2014 and plans to stay quite a while.  He writes of the monuments everywhere in Montevideo

It’s a flat land, or perhaps a land of rolling hills, not mountains like where I’ve come from in Washington State. I thought initially Montevideo was called that somehow because of ConfuciusParqueRodoall the monuments, but no it has something to do with seeing a mountain or hill or in some circles, Cosmopolitan City could be a Spanish translation. Well monuments are here–monuments to Gahndi, Khalil Gibran, Cervantes, Churchill, to the Hollocost victims, to a polish woman who was a labor organizer, to David the  slayer of Goliath (a personaGhandil favorite) prominently in front of City Hall, Confucius (in Parque Rodo), to the filmmakers who resisted the dictatorship, to Socrates, to William Tell, to Lemenja the Goddess of the Sea, to various composers and conductors of Philharmonic Orchestras, and to honor places where political demonstrations took place in a flash and were evacuated as quickly to avoid arrests.  Montevideo honors Nelson

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This is the only statue I know of in Montevideo memorializing the contribution of the slaves, located in Parque Aquateraen in Pocitos

Mandella, musicians, doctors, poets, pioneers in the creation of both Olympic games and the World Cup soccer tournaments, and the heroes of the fight for Independence. Many monuments to the pioneers who settled from Europe. What is  honored and preserved in the monuments is an appreciation of beauty in art, dedication to freedom, and respect for the struggles of ordinary people. Wandering the city and moving through our days, seeing the variety of

Khalil Gilbran in Pocitos near the Navel Station
Khalil Gilbran in Pocitos near the Navel Station

monuments memorializing people and moments of history, it becomes evident that this city and culture honors humanity, connection, art, beauty, courage, and all the concerns of people who care about their world.  It makes a case for a society with warmth and an eternal soul, and it provides a weave between present and past that enriches and strengthens our connection to society, those around us, and those of the future that will be looking back to where we are now and pausing a moment to take in the meaning of lives well lived.  Arriba Montevideo!